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Clinical Laboratory Industry's Best Cost-Cutters to Share Success Stories Studies, at Lab Quality Confab in New Orleans October 1-2, 2013.

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with declining reimbursement and shrinking lab budgets, most clinical laboratory organizations are struggling to stay financially solvent. That is why a record-breaking lab industry event is expected when the nation's best cost-cutters in clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology testing gather in New Orleans on October 1-2, 2013 for the seventh annual Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Cutting costs is now a high priority for most labs and the reason why is clearly understood: Congress has cut Medicare Part B lab test fees four times in the past three years. Private payers are slashing reimbursement for clinical lab test claims and narrowing their networks.

Lab Quality Confab presents the ideal venue for lab managers and quality team members who need to make cost reduction a major priority in their respective lab facilities via competently eliminating sources of waste, improving the productivity of automation, and boosting the performance of their lab teams.

Keynote speakers at this year's conference include James Westgard, Ph.D., who will speak on finding the hidden weaknesses in QA/QC and how to fix them; Denise Geiger, Ph.D., on how her lab saved her hospital $3 million in recent years by reducing hospital-acquired infections; and Richard Zarbo, M.D., Ph.D., on how CAP 15189 accreditation across multiple sites at Henry Ford Health has significantly lowered costs while boosting patient satisfaction.

Major lab industry suppliers are supporting Lab Quality Confab by providing master class experts, identifying top-performing client case studies, and participating as sponsors. Four such organizations are: College of American Pathologists, Roche Diagnostics, Sunquest Information Systems, and Sysmex America. Other sponsors can be found at

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